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Game of Thrones

Book Release: “The World of Ice and Fire”

Oct 23, 2014

You’re probably going a little bit mad these days. Game of Thrones has been off the air for almost six months now and you can’t even trick yourself into thinking season 5 is coming...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire Series Finale: Eldorado

Oct 29, 2014

Boardwalk Empire is over, but there remains the unfinished business of the winners and losers. If you haven’t watched the finale yet, beware of spoilers! The final episode mostly tied up...

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The Knick

The Knick Renewed for Season 2

Oct 24, 2014

HBO’s sister station Cinemax has produced its own original series for some time now. But this year may have been a standout in viewer’s minds because for the first time an A-list...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Oct 25, 2014

Destiny, friendship, brotherhood, family, and some awesome Greek mythology – what could be better for a family-friendly Saturday night? If you’re looking for a fun time with the...

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Latest HBO News

HBO Documentary Films: MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN

HBO Documentary Films: MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN

Overview:  James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary features rare and previously unseen footage, interviews and photographs, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more. Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, the feature-length documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first...

Boardwalk Empire Series Finale: Eldorado

Boardwalk Empire Series Finale: Eldorado

Boardwalk Empire is over, but there remains the unfinished business of the winners and losers. If you haven’t watched the finale yet, beware of spoilers! The final episode mostly tied up loose threads, but there was still some action. Get a refresher on episode 7, Friendless Child, here. Al Capone Al is at the end of his career and knows it. He’s about to face charges of tax evasion that will put him in prison for a long time. The scene between him and his hearing impaired son was very well done and almost made me feel sorry for the gangster who did a lot of very bad things. Al is last seen being swarmed by reporters on court...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For November 2014

What’s On: HBO Schedule For November 2014

November is always a big, big, month for HBO. Have you ever wondered just why that is? When you look below at all the entertainment coming our way you will see that HBO is not holding back. There are five weekends in the month so we got five diverse movies debuting, a concert, a comedy special, a miniseries and more. There is also an acclaimed drama and a comedy block that will make you howl. Plus, we get hit hard with sports galore. It is a great month to enjoy what HBO has to offer. So let us check What’s On: HBO Schedule For November 2014.   Originals: It may have ended up a short-lived series, but it has been appreciated by many a...

The Newsroom Season 2 on DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date & Review

The Newsroom Season 2 on DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date & Review

We just received our pre-release copy of The Newsroom on DVD! Check it out: This is the DVD version but all of the below is still true, minus the digital download stuff.  To be honest we’d recommend picking up the Blu-Ray edition because you’ll not only get better quality picture and sound you’ll also get the digital versions to keep and cherish on the go.  Heck you could even give the digital version to a friend!  Order that here if you’re interested.  The set is out NOVEMBER 4th, the same day as The Sopranos Complete Series on Blu-Ray so get your wallets ready!  This holiday is going to be a big one for HBO...

The Sopranos Complete Series on Blu-Ray: Full Review

The Sopranos Complete Series on Blu-Ray: Full Review

Many television shows tout themselves as “the greatest of all time”. Of course, this would be a subjective measure not to mention the differentiation in genres across the board.  Is The Wire better than Seinfeld?  Is Saturday Night Live more poignant than Mad Men?  Who knows.  But without hesitation you could say that HBO’s The Sopranos is one of the greatest shows of all time.  Without Tony Soprano there would be no Walter White, Dexter or even The Hound from Game of Thrones.  Truly bad men by most human measures but “our heros” nevertheless. But rather than debate the nature of “greatest of all...

Movie Review: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Movie Review: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Destiny, friendship, brotherhood, family, and some awesome Greek mythology – what could be better for a family-friendly Saturday night? If you’re looking for a fun time with the kids, or if you’re like me and an adult who loves mythology, Percy Jackson is a demigod you should start paying attention to. Based on Rick Riordan’s incredibly popular Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” is the second installment of the film franchise. Percy, named after the Greek hero Perseus, is the son of Poseidon and resides at Camp Half Blood, the only place on the planet safe for...

The Knick Renewed for Season 2

The Knick Renewed for Season 2

HBO’s sister station Cinemax has produced its own original series for some time now. But this year may have been a standout in viewer’s minds because for the first time an A-list actor and an A-list director came together to produce an A-list drama for Cinemax.  We’ve been covering The Knick, starring Clive Owen for several months now, reviewing each and every episode. The show certainly looks and feels good enough to be an actual HBO program, in fact it aired on HBO for a few weeks in an attempt to woo viewers over. We can now confirm that The Knick will, indeed be renewed for a second season. The Knick season 2 will...

The Knick: “Crutchfield”

The Knick: “Crutchfield”

To say that things have hit rock bottom for some of our beloved characters on The Knick is an understatement. Season Finales often have a knack for being dramatic and gut wrenching and this episode had it all. Sister Harriet and Cleary end up helping out Cornelia with her predicament. It is with both shock, and perhaps a little relief, that Cornelia places her trust in Sister Harriet. It was my impression that Sister Harriet understood that the baby was not Phillip’s and knew that Cornelia was vulnerable. Having Sister Harriet help her through this difficult situation must have been of some comfort. We see our doomed lovers, Cornelia and...

CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Now Called CRIME and Adds to Cast

CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Now Called CRIME and Adds to Cast

HBOWatch has mentioned the work known as CRIMINAL JUSTICE in nearly a dozen posts now since it was announced in 2012. Its biggest news to date is that somewhere along the way the project got a title change. The eight hour miniseries now has the simple title of CRIME. In a quick recap, if you aren’t going to peruse the prior posts, remember that this work was planned as a series for James Gandolfini, but HBO killed the idea. Then they brought it back as a “limited series” order. Mr. G. had a pilot episode shot before he died while on vacation. Then Robert De Niro stepped into the role of the “ambulance-chasing kind of lawyer” and...

Book Release: “The World of Ice and Fire”

Book Release: “The World of Ice and Fire”

You’re probably going a little bit mad these days. Game of Thrones has been off the air for almost six months now and you can’t even trick yourself into thinking season 5 is coming “soon” because you’ve got another six months to wait for that. You’ve read all of the book in A Song of Ice and Fire, even the Dunk and Egg tales. Adding insult to injury there is still no sign of book six, The Winds of Winter, to keep you company on these long, lonely winter nights. Enter: The World of Ice and Fire– a new historical reference for fans of George R.R Martin’s world of Westeros. You’ve probably...

HBO Documentary Films: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

HBO Documentary Films: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

Overview:  Presented during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PRIVATE VIOLENCE emphasizes the stigma domestic violence still carries for its victims, telling the stories of two women: Deanna, a victim turned survivor, and Kit Gruelle, a survivor who advocates for justice on behalf of Deanna and other battered women. Highlighting the complex, frustrating realities of the abuse women suffer every day at the hands of intimate partners, as well as the difficulties of prosecuting domestic violence cases, the timely documentary offers a gripping story. It is a fact: the most dangerous place for women in America is their own home. One in four...

Boardwalk Empire: “Friendless Child”

Boardwalk Empire: “Friendless Child”

Nucky Thompson was brought to his knees in the latest episode of ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ War has returned to the Boardwalk, leaving 19 dead and over a million dollars in lost revenue. We haven’t seen this level of brutality since Gyp Rosetti’s onslaught in Season 3. Luciano and Lansky are on the move, and Nucky is desperately trying to keep up. With the final episode of the series less than a week away, and with many of our favorite characters dead and gone, it looks as if the Thompson family has finally been dethroned in Atlantic City. RECAP: Nucky and Salvatore Maranzano are deadlocked in a war-of-attrition with...

Let’s Celebrate HBO Comedy this Fall!

Let’s Celebrate HBO Comedy this Fall!

Catch that title? We mean it literally and figuratively. The HBO Comedy channel of your HBO package is serving up a lineup of comedy series this fall and promoting the hell out of it. It is a perfect opportunity to catch up on some of the funny antics of some of HBO’s comedic genius. This post takes a quick look at the six shows that will air weeknights at 7:00pm all fall long. THE COMEBACK – In November (11.09) HBO debuts the surprise return of Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish in the second season of this show. HBO Comedy repeats the first season weeknights to prepare for the second coming. The series, for the unfamiliar, is a satirical...

Exciting Revelations from the Set of Game of Thrones Season 5

Exciting Revelations from the Set of Game of Thrones Season 5

Seasons 1 through 4 of Game of Thrones were huge but wait until you take a look at these shots from the set of Season 5 in the Spainish town of Osuna.  We must warn you taht some of these photos may constitute SPOILERS simply by the characters represented within.  Proceed at your own risk of being spoiled. A local arena has been commandeered to play the role of Daznak’s Pit, for the series. Here we see Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry), Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) as well as Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen).  And of course we see some extras in...

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